My Thoughts on… Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Today is my stop on the Dear Martin blog tour and I am here with my review of this fantastic and powerful book.
Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.
Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.
Every now and again, you pick up a book and it completely stops you in your tracks. It makes you think, wonder, and ponder. This is that kind of book. Wrapped around a heart-breaking and intense story is a book that will make you want to change the world. This makes this book a very important and powerful book that everyone should read. What helps to make this book so poignant is that it is also a very entertaining read. It hooks you in, makes you feel empathy for the characters and then wrenches out your gut too. It makes you feel a strong variety of emotions. It is a book that I would highly recommend.
Dear Martin follows the story of Justyce as he navigates life as an african-american teenager. It encompasses a lot of situations and moments that will suck you in and make you feel empathy not just for Justyce but for everyone who could be living his life. It makes you want to change the world, change the way people think and see the world and make it better for everyone. It is a book that truly supports the #BlackLivesMatter movement in a fictional and intense way. It is incredibly important book that everyone should read if they get the chance.
All in all, this is a very emotional read that I enjoyed. It is a book which will take you on a rollarcoaster for sure. It is powerful, important and moving. It is a book that will be enjoyed by adults and teenagers alike. It will keep you on the edge of your seat from the very first page until the very last. It is a quick book but one that will stay with you for a very long time. So if you haven’t already read this book, I would definitely recommend that you do!
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **